Blacklist Union's Tony West Discusses Friendship and Legacy of Late Bandmate Todd Youth

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Lead singer of Blacklist Union, Tony West, is paying tribute to his late bandmate Todd Youth by giving away a free download of Back to Momo, the 2015 LP that they wrote together. Youth passed away unexpectedly on October 28, 2018 at the age of 47. He had played guitar in numerous bands such as: Murphy’s Law, Agnostic Front, Warzone, and Danzig.

Click here to get a free copy of “Back to Momo.”

West spoke with us about about his friendship with Youth and the legacy that he leaves behind.

DFTR: How did you and and Todd meet?

TW: Todd first came to my attention when I was 15 years old in New York, growing up in the punk rock and hard-core scene. I knew who he was from a very young age. We met each other and became friends around 2002. Just from knowing each other and having mutual friends in the LA music scene.

DFTR: What are some of your fondest memories playing together?

TW: Fondest memories have to be when we wrote the “Back to Momo” record. It was so easy and effortless. I didn’t have to explain to Todd who certain bands were or what sound I was looking for— he already had it in his DNA as I do. We had a very special deep friendship as well as an amazing writing relationship.

DFTR: How would you like Todd to be remembered as both a person and a guitarist?

TW: As a person, Todd was a beautiful soul with a big heart. Just like everyone else, he had his flaws— however, he was kind and never had a bad word to say about anyone. As the guitarist, he was one of the best that has ever played the instrument .

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Jennifer Minor